Beijing Guitar Duo
Meng Su and Yameng Wang
Praised by the distinguished Classical Guitar Magazine as “having the star potential to serve as inspiration for new generations of guitarists to come,” Beijing Guitar Duo made their New York debut in Carnegie Hall in 2010 and launched their international concert career.
Composed of guitarist Meng Su and Yameng Wang, Beijing Guitar Duo has performed around the world in halls such as the Concertgebouw, Palau de Musica, Tchaikovsky Hall and the National Theatre in Beijing. This season will take them on a 12-city concert tour in the United States in February (Washington D.C., Cincinnati, Cleveland, Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee, Knoxville) as well as additional performances in Europe and China. The duo regularly collaborates with orchestras and performs in ensemble with flutist Marina Piccinini, guitarists Grigoryan Brothers, and with their mentor Manuel Barrueco touring in Europe, Australia, Asia and the U.S.
Beijing Guitar Duo’s performances and recordings have impressed the public with “an ability and artistry that exceeds their years.” Their debut CD Maracaípe, received a Latin-GRAMMY nomination for the title piece, which was dedicated to them by renowned guitarist/composer Sergio Assad. Their second CD, Bach to Tan Dun, has been widely noted for the world-premiere recording of Tan Dun’s Eight Memories in Watercolor, specially arranged for the duo by Manuel Barrueco. A recording in trio, China West, with Maestro Barrueco was released in May 2014.
Meng Su and Yameng Wang were born in the coastal city of Qingdao, China. They came to the partnership with exceptional credentials, including a string of competition awards. Ms. Su’s honors include victories at the Vienna Youth Guitar Competition and the Christopher Parkening Guitarist Competition, while Ms. Wang was the youngest guitarist to win the Tokyo International Guitar Competition at the age of 12, and was invited by Radio France to perform at the prestigious Paris International Guitar Art Week at age 14. Both young artists had given solo recitals in China and abroad, and had made recordings before they formed the duo.
In addition to concertizing, the duo shares a love for teaching which brings them to major conservatories all over the world for masterclasses and to judge competitions. The duo served as Artists-in-Residence from 2011-2015 with San Francisco Performances which brought them to the Bay Area two weeks a year for community outreach, performances, and masterclasses in public schools as well as for the San Francisco Conservatory.
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Meng Su Biography
2015 Parkening International Guitar Competition Gold Medalist Meng Su is the first guitarist to have won both youth and the main Parkening Competition. Ms. Su is also the first female guitarist to win the Gold Medal.
Meng Su has performed throughout Europe, Asia and the United States giving solo, duo and trio concerts. As a soloist she has collaborated with various orchestras such as the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra and the Knights Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Su has released three recordings with her duo partner Yameng Wang as the Beijing Guitar Duo. In July, 2016, she released her first solo album Meng, featuring works by Williams, Bach, Tedesco, Tarrega and Walton.
Born in Qingdao, China, Meng Su began studying the guitar at the age of 5. She showed her talents from an early age and has won first-prize in numerous international competitions, including the 5th Vienna Youth Guitar Competition, the 48th Tokyo International Guitar Competition, the 1st Christopher Parkening Young Guitarist Competition and the 2nd Iserlohn International Guitar Competition in Germany. In 2006, Meng Su came to the United States to study with the world-renowned guitarist Maestro Manuel Barrueco. She obtained her her Master’s Degree and Graduate Performance Diplomas in both guitar and chamber music from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland, where she is currently completing her Artist Diploma under Maestro Barrueco’s guidance.
Yameng Wang Biography
Born in Qingdao, China in 1981, Yameng Wang fell in love with the classical guitar at a young age and began studying with the leading guitar professor in China, Professor Chen Zhi, when she was 10 years old.
Ms. Wang became the youngest winner of the Tokyo International Guitar Competition at the age of 12. She went on to win second prize in the Michele Pittaluga International Guitar Competition in Italy at the age of 13, and at the age of 14 she was invited by Radio France to perform at the Paris International Guitar Art Week and won second prize in La Infanta Doña Cristina International Guitar Competition in Spain. Classical Guitar magazine noted that at the age of 14, she already played like a seasoned professional.
After graduating from the Central Conservatory of Music of China in 2006, Ms. Wang enrolled in the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland. There she earned her Masters of Music Degree and Graduate Performance Diploma, studying with Maestro Manuel Barrueco.
Ms. Wang has given acclaimed recitals across the United States, France, Italy, Holland, Germany, Ireland, Finland, Croatia, Britain, Austria, Spain, Belgium, Switzerland, Poland, Australia, Japan, and Malaysia both as a soloist and in chamber music setting.
Her first album, Caprice was recorded when she was 16 years old. A Very Special Album was released in 1999, and in 2003 she contributed to GHA’s album, The Best of Classical Guitar. In 2005 she released Classic Guitar – Aquarelle, Un Sueño en la Floresta.